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Two more weeks…

My school year is drawing to a close, and in two weeks I will have no more classes, which will leave me with plenty of free time to write for this site. In the meantime, though, that means that the pace is picking up and I have no time at all to write for this site. So I’ll try to get something substantial up here either this week or next, but I can make no promises until the week following Easter.

New design, again

I know it hasn’t been long since the last design switch, but I like this one better. It’s very…me. Plus, since it’s not any kind of WordPress default, it won’t look like a thousand other sites. Maybe only a dozen. I can live with that. The theme is called “Manifest” by Jim Barraud. The only thing I don’t like about it is that there’s no room for useful things, like archives and search. They are currently at the bottom of the page, but this is hopefully only a temporary solution.

Brain = Fried

Sorry, it’s been a slow week around these parts. I’ve been busy, and I’m still recovering from exhaustion. While I catch my breath, go ahead and listen to Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler, backed by everybody who’s ever worked in the music industry ever (sorry for the ad-ridden Chinese Youtube knockoff, but the version on Youtube appears to have been removed).

No post today

This time of year is always bad for me. Almost everything happens within the same two-week span in early March, and it’s hard to find a spare minute now and then. I missed last Thursday, and I’ve got nothing for today either. Hopefully I’ll be able to get something up here by Thursday, but don’t be surprised if I don’t.

Done!

Just put in my 50000th word on the NaNoWriMo website. I’m only five hundred words or so into the final part of the novel, so I still won’t be done for a while. Anyway, I’m taking a much-needed break from writing for a couple days now, then I’ll see what happens when I return.

NaNoWriMo 2010: The Home Stretch

Current word count: 44943. Just two more days remain. I had a couple of slow days this week where I only got out about 800 words, sometimes less, and on top of that the difference between the NaNo site’s word count and my word processor is about a thousand words against me. So I’ve got about 1700 to write until I’m caught up for today. I’ve got a glass of Coke and some hard-rocking music and I’m ready to go. Good luck everyone, and see you at the finish line.

No post today

As NaNoWriMo draws to a close, I’m scrambling to keep my word count up. I need the time that I’d ordinarily use to write posts here for NaNo, so there won’t be any updates here this week or next. Regular posting will resume on December sixth.

NaNoWriMo 2010: Week 3

I didn’t write a thing Friday night, because I went to see the Harry Potter movie, but now I’m completely caught up in my word count. Only nine days and 15000 words remain in NaNoWriMo, and we’re entering the last full week. To anyone who’s participating this year, good luck.

Personally, I’m seeing my writing motor along. I finished part 1 this week, and part 2 takes place a few months later, which gives a nice fresh start. I see lots of options at any given time and the hard part is deciding which chapter I’m going to write next, not finding something to write.

Entirely out of context, my two favourite sentences I’ve written so far are:

“I have already secured an invitation to this year’s Bilderberg conference, as well as the post-Bilderberg pub crawl where all the real business gets done.”

and:

Sweet Adversary, he loved her!

Comments are open. What are your favourite out-of-context sentences?

NaNoWriMo 2010: Week 2

Current word count is 21656. I’m playing catchup today after having written almost nothing on Saturday. I’m not having any week 2 trouble. The words are flowing free and clear, and the only problems come from having so many options at any one given time that it’s hard to decide which character the next chapter should focus on. Thus far I’m maybe three quarters of the way through part 1 of 3, so I don’t anticipate running out of plot before hitting 50000 or even going beyond.

I have noticed that my cursory research for this project has taken me to some strange websites run by scary people, and I may have made some kind of watch list simply based on the keywords I’ve had to search for. The novel is about the apocalypse, and it plays with the popular End Times mythology of the Rapture and the Antichrist. You can imagine the kinds of websites that topic might lead to. I’m reminded of this TV Tropes page and its prodigious real life section.

Remembrance Day

“Perhaps a tableau in bronze,” said Vimes sarcastically. “All seven of them raising the flag, perhaps?”

“Bronze, yes,” said Vetinari.

“Really? And some sort of inspiring slogan?” said Vimes.

“Yes indeed. Something like, perhaps, ‘They Did The Job They Had To Do’?”

No!” said Vimes, coming to a halt under a lamp by the crypt entrance. “How dare you? How dare you! At this time! In this place! They did the job they didn’t have to do, and they died doing it, and you can’t give them anything. Do you understand? They fought for those who’d been abandoned, they fought for one another, and they were betrayed. Men like them always are. What good would a statue be? It’d just inspire new fools to believe they’re going to be heroes. They wouldn’t want that. Just let them be. For ever.”

–Terry Pratchett, “Night Watch”

Today we take time out of our busy lives, out of school, work, and even National Novel Writing Month, to remember the ones who did the job they didn’t have to do. Listen to their stories. Remember with them. At 11:11 today, tune in to CBC for the moment of silence. Reflect and think, not about the job they didn’t have to do, but about who “they” are and why they did it. When it ends, there are 365 days to act, to do what you can. Maybe one day we won’t need Remembrance Day. Until then, we stand in silence, poppies on our chest.